Daily Briefs

Southern Californians to hit the road Memorial Day

Get ready. The Central Coast should expect its share of Southern California visitors over the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. A new survey by AAA shows that people from the Southland are ready to hit the road again for a mini-vacation.... (Continue reading)

Justice Department approves special election to replace Maldonado

The U.S. Justice Department ignored concerns by California Democrats and approved a special election for June 22 to fill the state Senate seat of Abel Maldonado (R-Santa Maria). [San Francisco Chronicle] Democrats had hoped to block the election with a... (Continue reading)

Downtown Association concedes to farmers

The Downtown Association agreed Thursday to allow the Farmers’ Market Association to manage the produce portion of the weekly Farmers Market in San Luis Obispo. The Downtown Association unexpectedly seized control last January after more than 26 years of leadership... (Continue reading)

Smoking ban effective Thursday

Smokers in San Luis Obispo will have fewer places to light up after Thursday when a city wide revised smoking ban goes into effect. Under the new law voted in by the City Council in April, smoking is banned in... (Continue reading)

Cafe FX ponders a move to Texas

The primary connection between the Central Coast and Hollywood may be severed because of the poor state economy. [Santa Maria Times] Santa Maria’s award-winning movie special effects company, Cafe FX, could be shipping out for greener pastures in Texas. Jeff... (Continue reading)

Help Save the Whales on Sunday

A statewide protest is set for Sunday, May 23, to put pressure on President Obama to support an international moratorium against commercial whaling. The International Whaling Commission is scheduled to discuss the moratorium at its June meeting and activists want... (Continue reading)

Poll: 49 percent of Californians favor legalizing pot

The issue of whether to legalize marijuana has Californians about evenly split, underscoring the uphill challenge supporters face in the November election. [Los Angeles Times] The nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California issued a new poll this week indicating that... (Continue reading)

Study: California global warming law could cause businesses to flee

A new study by the state’s Legislative Analyst’s office suggests a law requiring power plants, factories, and other businesses to cut greenhouse gas emissions could cause energy prices to rise and prompt businesses to either halt expansion or leave. [Los... (Continue reading)

Downtown Association and SLOFMA get one last chance

In what one local farmer called “an 11th hour intervention,” the Downtown Association and the San Luis Obispo Farmers’ Market Association (SLOFMA) will make one last effort to mediate their differences before possible intervention by the City Council. “I think... (Continue reading)

Tony Cipolla quits KSBY

After 20 years at KSBY, news anchor Tony Cipolla is calling it quits. [Tribune] Cipolla, 46, told the Tribune that he and KSBY’s management could not agree on a salary contract. “Management offered me a salary with a 40 percent... (Continue reading)